Liev Schreiber, Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan coming to the pay cable channel with new 2013 dramas
With "Boardwalk Empire," "Tremé" and "The Walking Dead" all done for 2012, the Sunday night cable drama field is all Showtime's for the next few weeks. The pay cable channel will try to take advantage of that by using Sunday's episodes of "Dexter" and "Homeland" to run a first-look trailer (which is already available online; see below) for its two new 2013 drama offerings: "Masters of Sex" and "Ray Donovan."
Jack' mother returns, and Liz and Jenna feud again
Lucy Lawless, Megan Mullally and Christie Brinkley add up to a sweet, funny episode
A crisis disrupts a visit from the crew's family, and James flashes back to what started this mess
A 'Sopranos' excerpt, a public radio interview and a Deadspin chat highlight recent coverage
My improvised publicity blitz continues for "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever," and here are the latest links, including one that I suspect will prompt more discussion here. (You can find all the review and interview links at AlanSepinwall.com, along with a FAQ, a list of links to all my online writing about the shows in the book, purchasing links to all the different formats, and more.)
Character actor phased out as part of ongoing retool of freshman FOX sitcom
As a long-time fan of Stephen Tobolowsky as both a character actor ("Bing!") and as a brilliant podcast host (and now author of a book, "The Dangerous Animals Club," inspired by said podcast), I was excited to see him added to the cast of "The Mindy Project," replacing Richard Schiff as Dr. Marc Shulman, the boss at the OB/GYN practice where Mindy, Danny and Jeremy work.
But after a couple of brief appearances in the pilot, and then a slightly more prominent role in the second episode, "Hiring and Firing," Tobolowsky ceased appearing on the show. "The Mindy Project" has, like many freshman comedies, been figuring itself out as it goes along, and making cast changes has been a part of that. Recently, it was announced that Amanda Setton, who plays Shauna the receptionist, would be leaving the show, while Anna Camp (Mindy's best friend Gwen) would be downgraded to a recurring guest star. And last night's episode opened with Mindy and the others getting a note that Dr. Shulman had decided to retire, leaving the practice in their hands. It wasn't quite Poochie dying on the way back to his home planet, in that Tobolowsky recorded a voiceover version of the note, but it was still incredibly abrupt.
Olivia Munn stops by Nick's bar, Schmidt makes a play for Cece, and Jess and Winston bond
No magical CIA agents, but is the biker drama still over-complicating things?
- Critic's Rating B+
- Readers' Rating B+
Sarah and Mark fight, and Glen Hansard stops by the Luncheonette
Ted looks after Marvin, while Robin tries to lure Barney back one last time